Did I ever tell you the story of how I named my blog? I certainly did not! How I named my blog is a short story, because I didn’t name it. My friend, Gwen did.
That’s a longer story. Let’s give you some history.
Gwen and I met in the third grade. She lived much of her childhood in Africa, and this was fabulous to me! She had puffy hair, I had curly bangs. She started an endangered species club, where all the club mates (a whole five of us) selected an endangered animal that we were going to save. We had a meeting. I brought Nutri-Grain bars. Strawberry. No animals were saved, but our third-grade character grew.
Gwen and I have been the closest of friendsies ever since. It doesn’t take a genius to realize Gwen is insanely intelligent. Rockin smart. She has a way with words. A few years ago, Gwen and I wrangled up some girlies and went wine tasting in Nevada City. A winery we went to was holding a contest to name a bottle of a wine they would soon be releasing. Gwen came up with some outrageously cool name, like Ephemeral Vines….and I came up with Cry of the Loon. What?
That day, I realized I would not be naming things anymore. Gwen would be naming things. So when I decided to start my food blog and was stuck on naming it, I sat with Gwen on her porch and she brainstormed while I listened.
She informed me there were tons of food blogs out there (this was news to me…really, I didn’t know what the haystack I was doing, but apparently Gwen did), so I would need to differentiate myself. Have a focus. I knew my blog would be veggie-centric, so she suggested using root vegetables as a theme. I was down. Then she threw in the “roasted” for some great alliteration. ALLITERATION IS MY FAVORITE! Alliteration allows alleviation from the dreary duldrums of lackluster language and aids in the assessment of superbly specific, animated speech. Not my finest work, but whatever.
And so The Roasted Root it was, and The Roasted Root it is.
This weekend, I had the opportunity to spend quality time with Gwen (who is usually off saving the world…no joke), and as we walked and talked, we brainstormed a blog-worthy lunch. Gwen came up with fish on a bed of sautéed kale. The little genius, Gwen.
This took me 15 minutes flat to make. So easy, so healthful, so tasty! Make it with a great friend with whom you have extensive history. Talk. Enjoy. Laugh. Name something.